The Western Australian Council of Social Service, on behalf of the
Emergency Relief Sector, is pleased to be once again co-ordinating the
Emergency Relief Conference for 2015.
This conference provides a rare opportunity for professional development
and training for the hundreds of volunteers and paid staff working
across WA who provide regular material and financial assistance to those
most in need in our community.
The conference allows workers and volunteers from a range of diverse
service backgrounds and geographical locations to collaborate and
develop better working relationships. It will also aim to facilitate
knowledge sharing, skills development and act as a catalyst for new
ideas for the sector.
In the current financial climate, there is an ever increasing need for
collaboration in the delivery of services, not just to meet the
immediate financial needs of clients, but to try and improve client
outcomes in the long run.
The theme of the conference this year will focus on the challenges and
opportunities of improving individual and family resilience, capability
and wellbeing, through integrated service models, including the
development and strengthening of local networks among all services
Emergency Relief is often seen as a gateway, or link, to a range of
other services; this year’s conference will also examine best practice
and structure in ER service delivery that can best address the
underlying causes, escalation and recurrence of individual and family
We are grateful to the sponsors of the conference that assists in making
this an affordable event for everyone and are honoured to bring this
well respected event to the sector once again.
I hope you will join me at this great event!